A new bill would make the Orange Crush the official cocktail of Delaware. (photo by Another Cocktail Blog)

State may get official cocktail: The Orange Crush

Jarek RutzCulture, Headlines

A new bill would make the Orange Crush the official cocktail of Delaware. (photo by Another Cocktail Blog)

A new bill would make the Orange Crush the official cocktail of Delaware. (Photo by Another Cocktail Blog)

Delaware residents soon will be able to say “cheers” or “bottoms up” with the First State’s official cocktail.

House Bill 444, sponsored by Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, designates the Orange Crush as the state cocktail, passed the state House Thursday night.

The point of declaring a state cocktail is to increase tourism, Schwartzkopf said before asking for a vote.

The Orange Crush cocktail is claimed to have been created by bartenders in Ocean City, Maryland in 1955.

The drink long has been a staple of the Starboard restaurant in Dewey Beach. 

HB 444 says the Orange Crush “has been made famous and become synonymous with Dewey Beach, Delaware and the Starboard in Dewey Beach, Delaware perfected the Orange Crush and serves the most Orange Crush cocktails of any bar in Delaware every beach season.”

It’s a refreshing summer drink, traditionally made with an orange-flavored vodka, triple sec and orange juice, preferably freshly-squeezed.

Orange Crush is often served in pint glasses or a mason jar over ice and topped with lemon-lime soda.

The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will need to be heard in a committee and pass the full Senate before the session ends June 30.

The drink already is associated with the state on many culinary sites.

On thedailymeal.com, a list of state drinks includes this disclaimer about the Orange Crush: 

“Many locals believe it’s not a true orange crush if it’s made with bottled orange juice — fresh is always the way to go.”

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